22 days in Italy & France Itinerary

22 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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22 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
2
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Aosta, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Lyon, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage La Capte, and view the masterpieces at Villa Noailles.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Marseille is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in August; daily highs in Marseille reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Hyeres, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, La Ciotat
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Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Massif de l'Esterel, Marineland
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Go for a jaunt from Cinque Terre to Genoa to see Aquarium of Genoa about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. The adventure continues: stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre road trip tool .

You can drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aquarium of Genoa
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

3
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bellagio: Como (Lake Como Adventures & Cathedral of Como (Duomo)), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Dervio) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). There's lots more to do: hike along Sentiero dei Forti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bellagio day trip planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Bellagio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bellagio can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aosta.

Things to do in Bellagio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Como, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Sentiero dei Forti, Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)

1
night
Aosta, Italy

Aosta ©
In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aosta trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Bellagio to Aosta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Aosta

Parks Wildlife
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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso ©
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and then ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Lyon online route maker .

Traveling by car from Aosta to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lyon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

5
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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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